Front gardens: To pave or not to pave?
Paving over your entire front garden can have a serious impact
on the natural and urban environment.
Did you know? that replacing gardens with hard
- increases the chance of flooding
- decreases the appearance of properties and can lower their
- increases water pollution
- decreases biodiversity.
When it rains the water cannot soak into the ground, and flows
into the drainage system.
During heavy rainfall, the drains cannot cope with the additional
water and this can cause flooding and result in damage to streets
and properties. This condition has been worsened particularly due
to climate change.
Did you know? The London Assembly has found
that almost a quarter of the front gardens in South-East England
are now completely paved over: an area equal to 5,200 football
Planning permission now required to pave over your garden
New planning legislation means that planning permission is now
required to pave over your garden with more than 5 square meters of
There are circumstances where permission is not required. For
more information, please refer to the Government guidance:
Guidance on the permeable surfaces of front gardens (PDF
Planting trees and vegetation in front gardens
Putting vegetation, especially trees in front gardens will bring
many benefits such as:
- providing points of infiltration for surface runoff and hence
help to prevent flooding
- improving the appearance of your house and street thereby
increase the value of property
- capturing carbon dioxide and moderating local climate around
buildings to reduce energy used for heating or cooling, thereby
reduce carbon emissions
- helping to remove pollution and particles/sediments from
- providing a source of food/habitat for wildlife and hence
helping to increase biodiversity
Using permeable surfacing and planting more
vegetation prevents the flooding of your property and improves its
appearance (and potential value).
To see some examples of trees in front gardens
check out this Trees in
Front Garden Leaflet (PDF 1.16MB).
Please follow the links under the ‘Useful
websites' section for information and advice on front gardens and
trees including tree / plant selection, use of rain gardens to
reduce flood risk and the benefits of planting trees.
Redbridge’s Pound for Pound tree planting scheme
The '£ for £' scheme provides 50% of the cost of supplying and
planning trees in Redbridge.
Find out more information about the
Redbridge Pound for Pound scheme.